Velleman K8200 3D Printer Build And Testing.
Always good to embrace new technologies.
I Will Not Be Hugging And Petting And Squeezing And Calling It George Though.
Welcome along to this rather technically twisted hoo-ha people!
Ok then, long story as short as possible.
This came about because of the long stalled 1/10th Viper MkII project.
Reason being is turning out the large parts were giving me a case of the galloping hooray in how to do them
and make sure they were correct.
Plus i'm getting a bit tired of the ground up scratch build in my old age so here we are.
Got VERY lucky that someone supplied me an excellent lightwave mesh...this one...
So the options were to cut the mesh down, paper print cross sections and build in whatever material fitted the bill.
Well that, or rework in to a bunch of water tight mesh parts and print them 3D fashion.
Well that led to looking in to the printing lark and about a year ago, I came across this video for a home assembly kit of a 3d printer...
I decided to leave it a while to see what occurred with this product.
As it turned out, it's still going strong and with a few tweaks as suggested by users of the printer,
it's a workable thing and would assist me to turn out the large bulk parts a wee bit easier than doing the complete scratch thing.
I'll save meself some elbow grease whenever I can so that's that.
The surface finish is not glassy smooth on whatever it prints but that's nothing that can't get sorted.
Well my tax rebate for the past financial year to the rescue and after separating myself from about 475 UK beer tokens,
about about 800 US George Washington portraits at this time of scribbling,
two boxes from Rapid Electronics arrived at my door.
The smaller box is a 1 kilo reel of ABS filament for first testing and general sodding about while I get a feel for how this thing works.
Vacuum bagged and will be left that way untill it's time for the first round of farting about.
So to the larger box carrying the printer parts.
Says what it is with an outline drawing of what it's supposed to look like once built.
Now whether mine ends up like that or looking like an explosion in a girder factory is yet to be seen but onward!
So in this box we have...
The limited warranty and safety instructions paperwork blurb like stuff.
On to the many bags of parts.
Some metal work and a small bag of nuts and bolts.
A 5 meter length of PLA plastic filament for testing purposes.
Cable ties, heat shrink sleeving and plenty of wired plugs.
USB connection lead and circuit board.
The rather necessary mains plug for the power supply.
Parts in thoughtfully numbered bags for the hard of thinking...
Me in this instance.
Some more bags, power supply and stepper motors in the white foam block.
Alloy parts, corner blocks, ribbon cable and what will become the heated printing bed.
More parts and the steel slide rods.
The aluminium extrusions that will make up the frame.
And finally the free gift at the bottom of the box to relieve tension while building the thing.
And never let it be said that the years of putting model kits back in to boxes went to waste...
So you may be asking where's the manual?
Well that's only available online and with fairly good reason.
It would end up a bit pricey, not to mention bloody heavy to print the entirety of its 619 pages and
send it along with the printer so there you have it in a PDF file.
The software is all freeware/open source stuff available online.
The drivers, firmware, slicer programs and the like all out there and the manual tells you where to get 'em so all good from this locale.
Said manual is a rather well written step by step thing now i've read through it a couple of times.
And that actually means reading it rather than 'bloke skimming' through it...don't tell me some of you don't do that!
The manual is literally a go to whoa for printer assembly, testing, calibration and first printing.
Oddly enough, the first print job is the cover for the printer PCB which is nice methinks.
As to my longer range plans?
Well if this works as I believe it will do, the turning out the larger parts of models by a bit of polygon punching rather than
a great deal of filling, sanding and hoping for the best is the aim here.
The parts are limited in size to a slightly under 8" cubed area but if breakdowns can be built in to the 3d model then not a problem and i've
expended more than a bit of virtual zen modeling on that score so we'll see how it goes.
So here we go with this beast and I think it will take a while and careful work from yours truly to make it happen but I reckon it'll all work out...i hope.
More when i've actually done something so i'll see you goodly gang then!